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United Nations exempts North Koreans meeting with Trump from sanctions
24 May 2018, 02:25 | Floyd Cook
North Korea must disarm before any economic relief, says Mike Pompeo
Pompeo said Kim also "wanted security assurances from the world, the end of the status that sits between South and North Korea, with the eventual goal of a peace treaty".
And if North Korea truly has completed its nuclear program, as it says it has, then it no longer needs an active test site anyway.
Speaking on the day he welcomed Mr Jae-in for a White House visit, Mr Trump told reporters: "We'll see what happens. But we're talking right now".
The change in tone came after North Korean officials blasted national security adviser John Bolton for suggesting that North Korea would quickly eliminate its weapons of mass destruction as Libya did - a move North Korean leaders see as a unsafe approach that could end with Kim facing the same deadly fate as former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
The hearing was contentious at times, particularly when Democratic Representative Greg Meeks confronted Pompeo about his aggressive questioning of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton when he was a congressman during Republican-led hearings about the fatal 2012 attack on USA diplomats in Benghazi. "If the right deal is not on the table, we will respectfully walk away".
Pompeo's testimony Wednesday to the House Foreign Affairs Committee marked a significant walking back from rhetoric that North Korea has scorned, raising doubts about the meeting between Kim and President Donald Trump have planned for Singapore on June 12.
The delegation, which includes White House Deputy Chief of Staff Joseph Hagin and deputy National Security Adviser Mira Ricardel, was being dispatched after Trump said on Tuesday there was a "substantial chance" the summit would be called off amid concerns Pyongyang is not prepared to give up its nuclear arsenal.
Meeks accused Pompeo of neglecting the issue now that he is secretary of state, and of treating Clinton, who lost to Trump in the 2016 presidential election, "with venom" as he accused her of not caring about diplomats' safety.
"That decision will ultimately be up to Chairman Kim", he said.
North Korea cancelled high-level talks with South Korea, saying the South's joint military exercises with the USA - which it had previously said it would tolerate - were a "provocation". "We are not going to provide economic relief until some time as we have an irreversible set of actions - not words, not commitments - undertaken by the North Korean regime".
In the fullest account to date of the Pompeo-Kim talks, the secretary of state recounted the North Korean leader's demands. "This would be with Kim Jong Un, something where he'd be there; he'd be running his country".
South Korea's Unification Ministry says the journalists were finally accepted by the North Wednesday through a message sent by a cross-border communication channel at the truce village of Panmunjom.
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